Manila Bay: Manila's famous sunset
In my opinion, the famed sunset of Manila is the city's redeeming factor among its many flaws. While the city teems with squatters, harbors street criminals, and its rivers stench of dirt, these unsavory side of Manila are overshadowed by its picturesque sunset.
The Bay area is a favorite hang out of both locals and tourists especially at dusk when the golden shadow of the setting sun is reflected on Manila Bay's water.
More than a decade ago, the boardwalk was avoided by people due to incidence of petty crimes. However in the late '90s, the area was re-invented as a family spot and refurbished with colorful street lights, benches, food kiosks, playground, and al fresco pubs with live bands. This signalled another era for the boardwalk, now re-named Baywalk.
Again however, change in the city's administration in 2007 effected a change in the Baywalk's landscape. Gone were the pubs and food kiosks and what were left are the benches and street lights. Yet the place's appeal to the people has not diminished. It is the best place to view Manila Bay's famous sunset.
Dress Code: Come as you are.Related to:
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Mega Strip: Dining and Mini-Concert Scenes
Boys and Men, it's not what you think,, no clothes stripping happening here. Strip here means it is that stretch of narrow area outside the SM Megamall's two builldings lined up with restaurants. There is also a stage nearby where mini-concerts/live music are staged. Good place to meet with friends and meet new ones too. A nice place to relax after doing all that haggling and fitting and shopping. Wide choice of restaurants: Filipino, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Singaporean, American, European.
Dress Code: The one you're wearing while shopping is acceptable.Related to:
Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila: Tonight may be your lucky night
While the Casino is open 24 hours, the liveliest time is still at night, particularly starting around 11pm. It has 2 spacious levels housing a whole array of slot machines and card tables, roulettes and other games.
Compared to other casinos in Manila, Hyatt's is clean and not suffocating. Probably it is also because it is a new establishment, but it looks like it is maintained well. Restrooms are also kept sparklingly tidy.Related to:
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Howzat: Howzat English Sports Bar
Right on the edge of the red light district of Makati City is Pub called Howzat, named after the well known cricket term of course. It was a great little Pub with loads of large screen TV's for watching all the sports from around the world.
It serves all sorts of familiar beers from the UK, so the place was frequented by mostly people from the UK, happy to have a slice of home in Manila.
It wasn't just beer it served either, it served Sunday dinners, and full English breakfast, and other meals you could get in the UK.
And, in one corner of the bar, there was a mini deli, selling some things you would never imagine being able to get hold of in Manila, like Fray Bentos pies, Heinz Beans, HP Sauce, and even Marmite, as well as loads of other things.
There is a Happy Hour too. This bar was great, and the prices were cheap really. I would be back no problem.Related to:
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RedBox: KARAOKE BAR
Leaving Manila will not be complete without enjoying a Night of Karaoke!!!
RedBox is a very good place to enjoy this...they ahve good selection of songs, good food, nice ambiance, if you're a big group you cna even get the room with a billiard table, fantastic rooms with good and comfortable couches...
Its at the Greenbelt area...
Will include more pics in the travelougue to show you how nice the place is...
we always HAVE A BLAST when we go here...
But note, for you to be sure you ahve a room to use, you need to reserve and call them beforehand...though they accept walk ins as well...
Dress Code: Smart Casual would be good...
Jeans, Slacks, Shirt, Blouse, No Slippers, Bring Jacket since it can be cold...Related to:
Larry's Cafe and Bar: Cool Hangout, Really Hot Treats
Larry's is part of the LJC Group of Restaurants (as in Cafe Adriatico and Cafe Havana), another popular and well-respected dining chain in the Philippines because of its outlets' marvelous food, coffee and ambience.
Have some wine or liquor till the wee hours of the morning. Or you can sample their scrumptuous desserts and pair them with their delicious coffee concoctions.
I love their Irish Coffee which is laced with Jameson Irish Whiskey. They also make great souffles here; try the Grand Marnier or the Chocolate Eh! variety.
This is a great place to hangout after dinner when you are on a romantic date or having fun with friends. The elegance of the place is not cold and intimidating, but rather cozy enough for you to stay there for hours, chatting with your companion while savoring their lovely offerings.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Manila: Drink All You Can
This tip is of no particular place. I created this out of frustration on searching the web for a list of "drinking utopia" here in Manila. So now I decided to create one. I will post here as I gather new information but so far I have 3
1. Fiesta San Miguel - Dusit Hotel Makati - It has its own mini brewery of San Miguel Beer. You can never get a taste of this local popular beer in any other place the same way they have it here. Happy hour is from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. During Fridays, bands starts early so you have live entertainment even if its Happy Hour (most of the time they do not have live bands during Happy Hour). Complimentary nuts is served with your first order. I assure you, you will never know what hits you by the time its 8 in the evening. Cost is 350 Php.
2. Conways Bar - Shangri-La Makati - Drink all you can from 5:30 to 9:00 PM. They serve local bottled beers plus red and white wine and Bacardi products - all you can drink. Cost is also 350 Php. Bands starts after the Happy Hour. Complimentray nuts is also served.
3. Richmond Hotel in Ortigas Center Mandaluyong. What Richmond has to offer is a drink all you can plus eat all you can pica-pica at the same price of 350 Php. Happy hour is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Three on the list so far. I will continue my quest to widen my horizons...
Dress Code: In most "drink all you can" places- dress code is not important because if you take more than your fill, then chances are- there is no dress to talk about int he first place.Related to:
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im a regular visitor and get taxis from the airport on most occassions yes you can pay in advance but I normally pay the taxi driver after agreeing a price, the great thing about the philippines everyone is so polite and accommodating and as long as your polite too you can get most things without any problem just make sure you agree a price beforehand
Metrowalk Ortigas: ortigas chillouts
The place is nice. There are several bars that serves food and drinks. Some are expensive some are just right. There are also plenty of restaurants to choose from. Also, there are stalls there that sells clothes if you want to go shopping.
Dress Code: CasualRelated to:
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Nirvana: A Local club
Nirvana is a club, i believe in Pasig?? well im not too sure where its at, but its in between Makati and Malate. This place is huge. Its more like a party inside a big hall. Its set up with a bunch of tables, once you pay the $200Php i think?? the hostess will seat you. Up front there is a big dance floor and a stage. There is a DJ and Live Bands. They play hip hop, R&B, and house, they even throw in a slow jam once in awhile. This is more of a local spot.If you feel like just getting on the dance floor, this is a good place to go....
Dress Code: Not too sure about the dress code, but they dont let you take cameras in. The make you leave it up front, in the office and they give you a ticket. This is easy to get around, just put it in your crotch when the security guys searches you, thank goodness he doesnt serch you there!!
Dakota Cabin: Ermita Bar
A small low key bar on Mabini St. This bar is a pleasant change from the other noisy, crowded bars in the area.The décor is art deco/Dakota airplane theme and the owner has clearly spent some money on the place to make it something differant.It is the nicest bar in the area and has a pool table.Meals are available, although I thought more expensive than other bars in the area.The clientel appears to be more respectable then other bars in the area.The staff are friendly and out going.It is well worth going there just to view the décor!
If you are stuck for something to do why not visit the Hobbit House in Del Pilar Street near the Ermita church. This is a long established restaurant where the staff are midgets. There is even an occasional show by midgets, consult the website www.hobbithousemanila.com for list of performances and activities. Besides the attraction of the staff, the food is very good.
TGI Fridays: A Favorite Nite Spot Too
TGIFridays is popular American restaurant chain focusing on casual dining, usually of the typical american huge servings,with over 500 restaurants across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and the UK, as well as many other countries around the world including here in the philippines. The name is taken from the expression "TGIF", or "Thank God It's Friday." The restaurant chain is known for its appearance, with red-striped canopies, brass railings, Tiffany lamps, and frequent use of antiques as decor. It has a large menu with an emphasis on alcoholic beverages. A section of their menu is dedicated to the "Jack Daniel's Grill", a selection of items flavored with a special Jack Daniel's sauce.
The employees here are young, with wacky uniforms, and every time you had someone's birthday, the whole restaurant crew came around with a cake, and singing Friday's traditional Birthday song but what I love at TGIFridays is their bar area since they have a separate enclosed room for their bar area to accomodate smokers.
They have the usual bar things like local beers at 100 pesos a bottle, imported beers at 220 pesos a bottle, assorted cocktails like the mai tai, tequila sunrise, long island ice tea and more at 250 pesos for a glass and 750 pesos for a pitcher and more.
Dress Code: Casual wear but no flip flops allowed.
Opens: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm everydayRelated to:
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Grappa's (now closed): Brittany Bay
this branch at brittany bay is now closed as of 2009
If you like to eat pizza or pasta to the accompaniment of noise, commotion, and lots of people parading past, this is the place for you. Grappa's is decorated like a trattoria, but with big glass windows.
Grappa's Brittany Bay is the latest addition to the Grappa's franchise (Grappa's Started in Hongkong and Branched out in China and Philippines and was started by the El Grande group in 1990's). Situated along East Service Road, Sucat, the Brittany Bay branch caters to the community in the South. The interior façade is stylish and elegant, with a beautiful outdoor landscape that gives the restaurant a relaxing and soothing ambience after a long day's work.
The open kitchen, while providing some diversion, adds to the noise. Still, this is certainly the best place for Italian food anywhere in the area, even though it is strictly standard fare. Homemade bread, served with olive oil and fresh Parmesan, is brought swiftly to every table (and replenished if desired); it is so delicious that you may be tempted to eat your fill before the meal arrives, especially if the place is full and service is slow. The salads are good here, as are the dozen or so authentic Italian pizzas and the even larger selection of homemade pastas. The entrees lean toward the tried and true, from veal-shank stew in Barolo red-wine sauce to roasted lamb chops with rosemary. The Italian wines here are affordable.
Dress Code: Smart Casual Dress Code.
Grappa's Offer Lunch and Dinner Buffetts at 550 and 650 pesos daily and is really GOOD! and ala carte service, they also offer The Czech Micobrewed Beer Pivo Praha which cost 60 pesos a glass and 150 pesos a pitcher (The Best!) also available as ale or light or as dark weissen and for appetizers, their Baked Rockefeller Oysters at 260 pesos are the Best!, also tryy their Osso Bucco (Italian Beef Shank Steak) at 450 pesos and Quattro Formaggi Pizza at 350 pesos, a knockout with the Microbrewed beer. Don't Forget to try what else "Grappa's", it's the Northern Italian Meal Wine and cost 150 pesos a glass.
Brittany bay has free live bands on fridays and saturdays!
Opens: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Mon to thurs and up to 2:00 am Fri-Sat.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
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I cannot remember the name of...
I cannot remember the name of the hotel. There was one in Metro Manila near a parking where you can access a room where local bands sing. You can ask them to sing what you want and usually they're able to do it!
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Stay was ok. The worst part is if you are a member, you get to be passed around until you get a NO!...more
Interesting... Sometimes ,yes, yes, yes, means no ,no ,no. --Very disappointed with staffs English...more
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